Apple Theme and Activities
Have fun and learn more about this wonderful fruit. You can plan a theme about apples.
Additional ideas can be found in a past blog issue - Apples, Apples Everywhere!
Apple Songs and Rhymes
A little red apple
Hung high in a tree
I looked up at it
And it looked down at me
"Come down, please" I called
And what do you suppose---
That little red apple
Dropped right on my nose!
Worms In The Apple Tree (Tune: Kookaburra)
Look at all the worms in the apple tree,
Eating all the apples they do see,
CRUNCH, when they eat their lunch,
There will be no apples left for me.
Look at all the birdies, they do call,
Eating all the worms up, one and all,
SLURP, little birdies burp,
Guess there will be apples after all.
Apple Song (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)
Once a little apple seed was planted in the ground.
Down came the soft rain, falling all around.
Out came the big sun as bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew up to be an apple tree!!
- Apple Prints: Cut apple in half and remove seeds. Use as a stamp in red or green paint.
- Paper Mache Apples: Use an inflated balloon for the form. Dip newspaper strips in a wet mixture of flour and water and lay across the balloon entirely. Let dry. Paint and decorate as desired.
- Crabapple Rolling: Like marble painting, put paper on the bottom of a box. Dip apples in paint and drop in box. Tilt box to roll the apples and create tracks and designs.
Apple Movement Activities
- Pass the Apple: Just like Hot Potato, pass an apple around as music is played. The person holding the apple when the music is stopped is sent to the "apple orchard" - this can be a separate area of the room with an apple activity or it can just be the center of the cirle.
- Way Up High in an Apple Tree
Way up high in an apple tree, five little apples were looking at me. (children can be standing, pointing high up to the tree and then to themselves)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (children pretend to shake a tree)
And down came an apple, mmm, mmm, it was good. (children pick up an apple off the ground, take a bite and rub their tummies)
This poem continues until there are no more apples in the tree.
Apple Math and Science
- How Many Seeds: Hold up an apple and tell the children to guess how many seeds are in the apple. You can write down their guesses. Carefully, cut open the apple and count the seeds to see who was closest.
- Sink or Float: Ask children to guess whether an apple will sink or float. Drop apple in large container of water to see what happens.
- Apple Measurement: Let each child find out how many apples tall they are. Have each child lay down and line up apples for the length of their body. Count how many apples each child measures. Graph the results.
- Apple Patterns: Use our Apple Pattern Printable to have kids practice patterns.
- Apple Pie Playdough: Get red, green, and brown playdough. Add cinnamon to the playdough to give it an apple pie sent. Give the children small pie tins to pretend to make apple pies, or let the children use apple cookie cutters to cut out apple shapes.
Apple Recipes and Snacks
- Easy Applesauce
Peel and slice 4 medium apples and place in a large pot. Add 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. Let the apples simmer till mushy
- Apple Varieties: Bring in as many varieties of apples that you can. Let each child taste all the varieties. Discuss which ones the children like best and least.
- A is For Apples Recipe Collection
Online Apple Fun
Read About Apples
- The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
- How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
- An Apple Tree Through the Year by Claudia Schnieper, Othmar Baumli
- Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson, Deborah Kogan Ray